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John W. SextonJohn W. Sexton was born in 1958 and is the author of five poetry collections including The Prince’s Brief Career, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1995), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, a book of haiku with translations into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock (Doghouse, 2004), Vortex (Doghouse, 2005) and Petit Mal (Revival Press, 2009). His fifth collection, The Offspring of the Moon, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2013. He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTÉ Radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes from 1999 to 2002. Two novels based on the characters from this series have been published by the O’Brien Press: The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed, which have been translated into both Italian and Serbian. Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons Of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records. He is also the blog poet Jack Brae Curtingstall. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem 'The Green Owl' won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. Also in 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

 

 


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The Fading Month

Lucifer's Bulb in His Head

 

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The Fading Month

i.m Seamus Heaney, 13 April 1939 - 30 August 2013


The red is now settling into the haws

but the date is just a number. Badgers

are asleep in their setts, their earthen doors

sealed with daylight. The last wasps hum in jars

 

left for their entombing. No frogs now. None.

It’s still August but the summer expired

without our marking it. Just stole out. Gone.

I look through the window. The grass is tired.

 

The sun shines bright only in the silvered clouds;

even sunlight is a lie. An otter

heading out from the sally-fringed river

would be an angel. No Angels Allowed

 

says the sign to the heart; (And No Breaking).

Death came today and continues taking.

 

 

 

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Lucifer's Bulb in His Head

 

Brains to burn, his mind was a lump of lard.

When he thought, he thought his thoughts unheard;

strains of binary pathways, strings of code.

Hens pecked at the thinking he’d left scattered.

Archetypes were scratched in the mud by claws

of angels fallen to the mucky yard;

though not the Angels of God but simply

parasites moving through Heaven. Nine, nine,

 

nine, nine: sigils stark with emergency.

Listen, listen. Hold vigils for the voice

of reason. Not the voice of yourself, not

thoughts birthing grey mould like his thoughts birthed.

Brains to burn, his mind was a lump of lard;

when he thought, his thoughts were deathly loud.

 

 

©2014 John W. Sexton

 

 

Author Links

 

John W. Sexton's Offspring of the Moon reviewed by Adam Wyeth

Poems by Sexton in The Burning Bush 2

'Sex, drugs & rock 'n roll - hold the drugs, side order of poetry'
Sexton interviewed by Bob Nielson

 

 

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